When a couple marries, the furthest thing from their mind is the prospect of getting divorced. However, with time and stress, many couples decide that separating and dissolving their marriage is the best thing to do. When you are going through a divorce in Lincoln Park, our Illinois divorce attorneys at the Arami Law Office can help you to understand the process and laws, and can assist you in obtaining a fair divorce settlement.
For couples parting ways, the most complex issue in the divorce is typically how property will be divided amongst the two parties. In Illinois, the law states that couples must divide property in a manner that is equitable, but not necessarily equal. Further, all assets and property that are acquired by a party to the marriage after the date of the marriage are considered to be marital property, and are subject to division at the termination of a marriage as such.
Each parent has a duty to provide for their child in Illinois. In Illinois, the term “parental responsibilities” means both time spent with the child, as well as significant decision-making responsibilities. Parents in Illinois who are separating are responsible for creating a parenting plan that addresses both. In the event that an agreement regarding the provisions of a parenting plan cannot be reached, the court will make a determination about parental responsibilities by considering the best interests of the child (See: 750 ILCS 5/600).
Finally, when one party in the relationship makes significantly more money than does the other, this party may be ordered to pay spousal maintenance – also called alimony – to the financially dependent spouse. In order to make a determination about whether or not a spouse should receive a maintenance award, the court will consider the income and property of each party, the needs of each party, the present and future earning capacity of each party, the standard of living established during the course of the marriage, the length of the marriage, and a number of other factors the court finds relevant, per 750 ILCS 5/504.
Getting a divorce can be more than emotional; it can be legally complex, extremely stressful, time consuming, and expensive. If you and your spouse are not in agreement about how important issues in a divorce will be settled, we can advocate for you to improve your chances of a divorce settlement that is in your favor. From helping you to get custody of your children to advocating for you during a division of property hearing, our highly skilled Lincoln Park divorce attorneys at the Arami Law Office are confident in our ability to competently represent you. To schedule a case review or to learn more about divorce in Lincoln Park and surrounding areas, call us today at 312-212-1399, or fill out our online contact form.
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